SDVMA holds 125th Annual Meeting

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The South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association held its 125th Annual Meeting at the Ramkota Convention Center in Sioux Falls August 17th – 20th. The meeting included continuing education opportunities for around 180 veterinarians and veterinary technicians, recognized outstanding accomplishments by professionals in the veterinary fields, and included the annual membership meeting.

The meeting featured cutting-edge information on some of the most current topics in veterinary medicine. In the large animal CE session, calf vaccination programs, mineral nutrition, anaplasmosis and leptospirosis complemented individual internal medicine and anesthesia information. The companion animal CE also featured vaccination issues, with an emphasis on changes to rabies exposure recommendations. Other topics included the current state of genetic testing, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and intestinal and liver disease. A Friday afternoon session featured case reports from the SDSU Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab faculty.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to honor an individual who has brought distinction to the veterinary profession through his/her devotion to the care and well-being of animals, support for the profession, and contributions to the community. This individual exemplifies the profession, both personally and professionally, through support of veterinary medicine, research, colleagues, and/or students and through civic participation. This individual’s contributions have advanced the profession and serve as an inspiration to veterinarians and the clients he serves.

Dr. Bruce Teachout of Yankton was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Teachout attended South Dakota State University for 3 years before attending and graduating from Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, he went to work at his current clinic and has been there ever since. He owns the Animal Health Clinic in Yankton with Dr. Cindy Franklin.

He has practiced for 42 years – the first 35 were as a mixed practitioner and sale barn veterinarian. Most recently he has been focusing on his companion animal practice.

Dr. Teachout has been very active in the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association. He is a past SDVMA president. In 2004 he was named as the SDVMA Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Teachout was one of the founders of the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship Foundation and has been a tireless advocate for supporting your veterinarian students and practitioners.

Outside of his practice, Bruce is very active in promoting veterinary medicine and his community. He has served as an expert for several South Dakota Public Broadcasting shows on veterinary medicine and has written numerous informational and feature articles for area newspapers.

In his community, he has served for eight years on the Mount Marty College Board of Trustees and is currently the liaison to the Mount Marty College Nurse Anesthesia Program. He is a member of the Lewis and Clark Shrine Club, just completing his 36th year as Circus Chairman. He has served 41 years in the Sertoma Club, holding numerous offices and receiving many awards and as the Yankton Riverboat Days Honorary Captain and volunteer.

Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Edward Larson of Watertown was honored as SDVMA’s Veterinarian of the Year. This award is made annually to an SDVMA member who has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession and to the animals and clients he serves. The award recognizes a member for service and accomplishments benefitting the profession of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Larson was born near Grove City, Minnesota where he attended elementary and high school. He attend one year of pre-vet schooling in St. Cloud, Minnesota before attending Vet School at the University of Minnesota. He graduated with his DVM in 1956.

He worked in Minnesota and Wisconsin before moving to Watertown. After two years of practice as an associate, he established his own practice in 1959. His practice began in a basement office in downtown Watertown. In 1970, he established Lake Area Veterinary Clinic. He had many partners over the years – beginning with Dr. Paul Henstein and Dr. Gene Kluck and now with Dr LeRoy Tesch, Dr. Roger Clement and Dr. Andrea Hennen.

Dr. Larson has nearly 60 years of practice and is still treating patients. Many letters accompanying his nomination spoke to his expertise in equine health, his gentle approach to his patients and owners and the high level of professionalism he always shows. He has worked with many of his clients for three generations and seen the most routine of cases and the most out of the ordinary cases.

Dr. Larson is known as a mentor to young veterinarians. He is a humble man who has not sought recognition over his career but has impacted many people. From his patients and clients to the children who have observed him working on their animals and been inspired to become part of the veterinary profession, his impact is wide.

Ed and his wife, Anne, have been married for 59 years and have five children. They have ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They reside in Watertown on an acreage. His hobbies include music – most notably playing the accordion. He is a member of the South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers and has a band known as the Red Suspenders Band.

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader award is made to an SDVMA member who graduated from veterinary school in the last 10 years and has displayed outstanding accomplishments in veterinary research, private practice, regulatory services, civic activities, and/or organized veterinary medicine. This award is intended to recognize the immense talent we have entering the profession in our state.

Dr. Mark Braunschmidt, Brandon, received the 2016 SDVMA Emerging Leader Award.

Mark graduated from South Dakota State University in 2003 and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine 2007. Mark moved back home to the Sioux Falls Area in 2010 to become business partners in a small animal practice in Brandon with Dr. Dick Rogen. The duo have expanded Horizon Pet Care into a successful practice of four veterinarians, which services a referral base of more than 40 practices in six states.

Mark has served on the SDVMA board as both a district representative and officer. Mark strives to promote veterinary medicine and to provide a voice for our profession. Mark is especially dedicated to elevating the level of patient care in South Dakota and routinely encourages and assists other practitioners to do likewise.

Outstanding Veterinary Technician

The Outstanding Veterinary Technician award is made to a registered veterinary technician who has provided outstanding support to veterinary medicine through dedication to the care and well-being of animals and professional knowledge and execution in service to the profession.

Ronda Martin was named the 2016 Outstanding Veterinary Technician.

Ronda has an AAS in Veterinary Technology from National American University in 2003 and a BS in Applied Management with an emphasis in Veterinary Technology in 2015.

She worked for Meiners Clinic for seven years before she became a veterinary technician educator in the National American University Veterinary Technology Program, where she is still employed. Ronda has a myriad of responsibilities as a veterinary technician in the vet tech program. She educates students in the areas of venipuncture, IV catheter placement, surgical preparation, instrument pack preparation, animal handling, administration of medication, front office computer skills, small animal nutrition, and the list goes on.

Ronda is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and Co-advisor for NAU student organization, Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA).

In her spare time, Ronda works with the Lakota Animal Care Project on the reservation assisting with spay/neuter clinics and helping care for the many dogs requiring mange treatments, among other problems.

Life Members

Drs. Norman Brooks, Frederick, SD; Dee Heezen, Sioux Falls, SD; Dan Smith, Montrose, SD; Lawrence Zimmer, Montrose, SD; and Dick Splichal, Custer, SD attained life membership status in the SDVMA for their years of practice. Life members have attained the age of 65 and have been members of SDVMA for at least 20 years.

Bill Davis Award

Carter Johnson, Black Hawk, SD, received the Bill Davis award. This award is given annually to a sales representative of a veterinary supply company who has demonstrated an unusual degree of service and assistance to veterinarians and the veterinary profession in South Dakota.

Carter graduated from SDSU in 1990 with a degree in Ag Economics and an Animal Science minor. Right out of college Carter started working for Ramsdell Ag in Flandreau, SD. After moving to West River he was employed by Western Feed Company in Belle Fourche, SD. In 1998, Carter stated working for Fort Dodge Animal Health. He worked for them from 1998-2002. In 2002 Carter started working for MWI Animal Supply and continues to work for them today.

Carter has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Bill Davis Memorial Award in 2003 & 2010; the 2010 Central States Fair Blue Ribbon Award for volunteer service; the 2010-2011 MWI Livestock Sales Rep of the Year; the 2011 MWI Jo King Service Award; the 2002 SD Cattleman’s Assoc. Agri-Businessman of the year; and the 2012 Dr. Robert Danielson Leadership Award.

Carter has served on the Central States Fair Board of Directors and on the livestock committee.

Alliance Auction

The SDVMA Alliance raised over $6800 in a benefit auction as part of the event. The money is used for scholarships for veterinary and veterinary technician students.

Board Members Elected

The following board members were elected for the coming year: Dr. Travis White, Sioux Center, IA president; Dr. Michelle Jensen, Harrisburg, president-elect; Dr. Mark Braunschmidt, Brandon, vice president; Dr. Ethan Andress, Hettinger, ND, secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Sandra Wahlert, Hot Springs, District 3 representative. Other board members are Dr. Angela Anderson, Sioux Falls, District 1 representative; Dr. Chanda Nilsson, Groton, District 2 representative; Dr. Chris Chase, Brookings, AVMA delegate; Dr. Cindy Franklin, Yankton, AVMA alternate delegate; and Dr. Christy Teets, Rapid City, past president.